2015 Summit – Program

PRACTICING COMMUNITIES:
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF RACE IN THE ACADEMY

November 13-November 15, 2015 | Bates College | Lewiston, Maine

The 2015 C3 Summit took place Friday, November 13, 2015,
to Sunday, November 15, 2015, in
Lewiston, Maine.
Check back soon for information on the 2017 C3 Summit.

Friday, November 13

4:00 – 4:45pm Opening Reception
Olin Art Museum

5:00 – 5:15pm Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Olin Theatre, Olin Arts Building

Crystal Williams, Chair, C3 Summit Planning Committee, Bates College
A. Clayton Spencer, President, Bates College

5:15 – 6:15pm Opening Keynote
Olin Theatre, Olin Arts Building

Being “Color Brave not Color Blind:” Creating an Inclusive Academy in the 21st century

Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

6:15 – 6:30pm Make Our Way to Dinner

6:30 – 7:45pm Dinner
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

7:45 – 8:00pm Make Our Way to Dessert Receptions

8:00 – 10:00pm Social Events

8:00 – 10:00pm Graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdocs
Chase Lounge, Chase Hall

Host: Siri Colom, Summit Planning Committee

8:00 – 10:00pm Undergraduate mixer/talent show
Office of Intercultural Education, Chase Hall

Host: Barbara Crespo, Summit Planning Committee

Saturday, November 14

8:00 – 8:40am Breakfast
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8:40 – 8:55am Opening Remarks: Framing the Day
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

C3 Executive Committee Representatives:
Susan Campbell Baldridge, Provost, Middlebury College, and
Shirley Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO, Rutgers University-Newark

8:55 – 9:00am Make Our Way to Research Presentations

9:00 – 10:30am Research Presentations
Pettengill Hall

Sessions will feature a combination of postdocs, graduate students, and
undergraduate researchers each presenting for 15 minutes. Post-presentation discussion to follow.

Session A
Pettengill G21
● Anna C. Cruz, Layered Identities and Multilingual Perspectives: The Legacy of Medieval/Islamic Spain (Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley, 2016)
● Manuel R. Cuellar, Between Memory, Imagination and Movement: Los Mecos de Veracruz and the Performance of Nahua Indigeneity (Spanish & Portuguese, Berkeley, 2016)
● Richard A. Grijalva, Framing the Micropolitics of Names in Bourbon New Spain (Rhetoric, Berkeley, 2017)
● Cristobal Mancillas, Collective Clientelism and Subnational Democracy in Latin America (Political Science, Reed, 2016)

Moderator: Matthew Pettway, Asst. Professor of Spanish, Bates


Session B
Pettengill G52
● Yesenia Barragan, “Enjoy Them As Her Own Things”: Female Slaveholders on the Colombian Frontier (History, Columbia, 2016)
● Siti Keo, Amusing the Modern Woman: Leisure and Hetereosexual Interaction in 1960s Phnom Penh (History, Berkeley, Winter 2016)
● Alisa Sanchez, Defining the Right to Choose Motherhood: Women’s Organizing During the 1991 Colombian Constitutional Assembly (Rhetoric, Berkeley, 2016)
● Cinnamon Williams, “So tell me about sex”: The Pussy Power Question in Second-Wave Black Feminism (American Studies/African American Studies, Williams, 2016)

Moderator: Rebecca Herzig, Christian A. Johnson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bates


Session C
Pettengill G10
● Jeremy Glover, Queer Desires in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (English, Bates, 2017)
● Aileen Liu, Rethinking Shakespeare’s Romances (English, Berkeley, 2017)
● Peter Rosenberger, Marianne Moore’s ‘Poetry’: A How-To Guide for the Deconstructive Art of Poetry (Gettysburg, English/Philosophy, 2017)
● José Villagrana, John Donne’s Poetics of Hispanophobia. (English, Berkeley, 2017)

Moderator, Jack Ryan, Vice Provost, Gettysburg


Session D
Pettengill G65
● J Finley, From Black Misery to #blacklivesmatter: Capturing the Cultural Trauma of Slavery (2014-2016 Postdoc Fellow at Middlebury, African Diaspora Studies, Berkeley PhD)
● Alvin Henry, I AM COMING ELIZABETH: Aesthetics of Black Old Age in Sanford and Son (2014-2016 Postdoc Fellow at Middlebury, Berkeley PhD, Literature and Social Thought)
● Ian Shin, Making ‘Chinese Art’: Knowledge and Authority in the Transpacific Progressive Era (History, Columbia, 2016)
● Victoria Yan, Je Suis Charlie: An Examination on Palestinian and Israeli Discourse on Charlie Hebdo (Political Science, Smith, 2016)

Moderator: Roberto Lint Sagarena, Assoc. Professor of American Studies, Middlebury

10:30 – 10:45am Break

10:45 – 12:15pm Building Communities & Capacity (concurrent sessions)
Pettengill Hall

Building Successful Activist Initiatives from the Ground Up
Pettengill G65
In the service of their own self-efficacy, undergraduate and graduate students will discuss how they became effective change-agents. We will discuss various successful student-led initiatives and interventions. We will also discuss how to create and foster a proactive student culture that does not wholly rely on administrative action and response and what strategies students have used to successfully navigate bureaucratic structures.

Moderator: Jen Manion, Assoc. Professor of History, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Connecticut
Panelists: Yesenia Barragan, Columbia
Bethel Kifle, Bates ‘14
Daniel Morales, Columbia
Zoe Troxell Whitman, Reed


Strategies for Post-Dissertation Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges
Pettengill G10
Given the commitment to undergraduate teaching at small liberal arts colleges, how do junior faculty members balance a robust scholarly life with rigorous teaching commitments? We’ll also discuss some concrete strategies for turning your dissertation into a book, articles, and how to launch a successful and sustainable research agenda at a liberal arts college.

Moderator: Sue Houchins, Assoc. Professor, African American Studies, Bates
Panelists: Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art, Williams
Wendy Raymond, VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, Davidson


Excellence in Teaching & Advising at Liberal Arts Colleges
Pettengill G21
Come learn some strategies from teachers consistently lauded for their exemplary student teaching and mentorship of undergraduate students at liberal arts colleges.

Moderator: David Kim, Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut
Panelists: Miguel Fernandez, Professor of Spanish and CDO, Middlebury
Clarisa Pérez-Amendáriz, Asst. Professor, Politics, Bates


Things No One Told Me about Grad School
Pettengill G52
When should undergraduates begin to contemplate pursuing graduate study? What should undergrads expect in grad school–from their peers, their professors, the curriculum, the culture, etc.? What resources exist on liberal arts campuses that can help address those questions? How does undergraduate research inform graduate school applications?

Moderator: Carlos Alonso, Dean of the GSAS, Columbia University
Panelists: Nancy Gibson, Assoc. Director & Pre-Law Advisor
Bates Career Development Center
Jarvis Givens, Berkeley
Alvin Henry, C3 Postdoc (Middlebury), Columbia
Brittany Meché, Berkeley

12:15 – 12:30 Make Our Way to Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

1:30 – 1:40 Plenary Speaker Introduction
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

David Kyuman Kim, Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Assoc. Professor in American Studies, Connecticut College

1:40 – 2:30 Afternoon Plenary: Diversity as the Quality Control Engine of Education
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

W.E.B. Du Bois described the role of higher education in civic life as not primarily a place for vocational training or personal socialization but rather as “the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.” Classrooms, laboratories, and scholarly publications are social sites where our collective capacity for informed and intelligent investigation and deliberation is developed and refined. Education is an innately cosmopolitan enterprise; it suffers when arbitrary and irrational exclusions artificially shrink the pool of interlocutors and reduce research and teaching to parochial and provincial endeavors. Desegregating the faculty, the student body and the curriculum is not a matter of charity or good will toward excluded individuals and groups. It is a quality control mechanism that is essential to educational institutions as they pursue their missions of excellence and achievement.

2:30 – 2:45 Make Our Way to Afternoon Sessions in Pettengill Hall

2:45 – 4:15 Transforming the Academy (concurrent sessions)
Pettengill Hall

Transforming the Curriculum
Pettengill G65
What do faculty and students think a liberal arts curriculum should be and why? What expectations do we have of the curriculum and what changes are needed? Students and faculty will discuss the content and purpose of the curriculum in light of our mission to prepare students to be responsible, global actors and our goal of fostering inclusion and full participation.

Moderator: Leslie Hill, Assoc. Professor, Politics, Bates
Panelists: Roberto Lint-Sagarena, Assoc. Professor of American Studies, Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Middlebury
Debanjan Roychoudhury, Middlebury
Ian Shin, Columbia
Chakena Sims, Connecticut
Joi Stevens, Davidson


Transforming the Classroom Through Pedagogy
Pettengill G21
A discussion about innovations in inclusive pedagogy, classroom efficacy and partnerships with student researchers. Faculty will discuss how they have implemented significant changes in their pedagogies to more fully address the great diversity within our classrooms.

Moderator: Wendy Raymond, VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, Davidson
Panelists: Jason Castro, Asst. Professor of Psychology, Bates
J Finley, C3 Postdoc Fellow (Middlebury), Berkeley
JT Roane, Columbia


Transforming Faculty Hiring & Tenure & Promotion Practices
Pettengill G10
CDOs and CAOs discuss the development of new and effective hiring practices, models in the country, and how these initiatives impact our collective enterprise. Additionally, how do course assessments and student feedback specifically impact scholars of color and/or who are teaching content that challenges students’ understanding of race, class, gender, power, and privilege? And are our institutions addressing existing tenure and promotion rules and training evaluation committees to effectively discuss and consider how identity and subject matter impact student evaluations?

Moderator: Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty, Cluett Professor of Religion, Williams
Panelists: Matt Auer, VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, Bates
Sylvia Federico, Assoc. Professor of English, Bates
Mike Reed, VP for Institutional Initiatives, Dickinson
Rafael Zapata, Assoc. VP, CDO, Providence


From Undergrad to Grad—How Research Can Get You There
Pettengill G52
Undergraduate research directors will discuss the value of research for undergraduates considering academic careers and strategies for identifying research opportunities. Also discussed will be developing a research proposal, finding an appropriate mentor, and writing successful applications to summer programs such as C3.

Moderator: Molly Magavern, Director of Special Academic Programs, Williams
Panelists: Lisa Gates, Assoc. Dean for Fellowships & Research, Middlebury
Kerry O’Brien, Asst. Dean of Faculty, Bates

4:15 – 4:30 Make Our Way to Olin Arts Building

4:30 – 6:00pm Effecting Institutional Change
Olin Theatre, Olin Arts Building

Senior leaders discuss how they approach leading institutional change on their campuses and the strategies they find most successful.

Moderator: Crystal Williams, Assoc. VP/CDO, Prof. of English, Bates
Panelists: President A. Clayton Spencer, Bates College
President Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
President Nancy Roseman, Dickinson College
Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, Harvard

6:00 – 6:15pm Make Our Way to Dinner

6:15 – 7:45pm Dinner
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

8:00 – 9:30pm (Optional) Movie Night: Dear White People
Olin 104 and 105

Sunday, November 15

8:00 – 8:45am Continental Breakfast
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8:45 – 8:55am Opening Remarks
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8:55 – 9:00am Make Our Way to Research Presentations

9:00 – 10:30am Research Presentations
Pettengill Hall

Session A
Location: Pettengill G10
● Jerome Clarke, Black Praxis (English & Philosophy, Gettysburg, 2017).
● Lindsay Crawford, The Harm of Testimonial Injustice (C3 Postdoc Fellow. (2015-2017 Postdoc Fellow at Connecticut. Berkeley PhD, Philosophy)
● Max Hayward, Grounding Self-Regarding Practical Reason in Empathy (Philosophy, Columbia, 2017)
● Rebecca Williams, Political Violence in Cicero’s pro Sestio. (Classics, Williams, 2017)

Moderator: David Cummiskey, Professor of Philosophy, Bates


Session B
Location: Penttengill G65
● Maya Doig-Acuña, Constructing Downness: White Teachers’ Negotiation of Multicultural Literature and Race in the Classroom
(American Studies, Middlebury, 2016.5)
● Jarvis R. Givens, “Schoolmaster of His Race”: Carter G. Woodson’s Philosophy and the Reframing of Black Educational Historiography. (African American Studies, Berkeley, 2016)
● JT Roane, The International Peace Mission Movement and Alternative Infrastructures of Urban Community (History, Columbia, 2016)

Moderator: Patricia Buck, Assoc. Professor of Education, Bates


Session C
Location: Pettengill G52
● Clair Beltran, Fields of Difference: A Study in Usage and Perception of Urban Park Spaces in New York City (Architecture/Sociology, Middlebury, 2016)
● Siri Colom, Politics and Participation in Post-Katrina New Orleans (2014-2016 Postdoc Fellow at Connecticut, Berkeley PhD, Sociology)
● Brittany Meché, Memories of Birmingham and the Captive Geographies of Empire (Geography, Berkeley, 2020)
● Madeline Santizo, Eres lo que Comes: Ethnic Restaurants and the (Re)production of Cultural Identities in Upper Manhattan. (Anthropology, Bates, 2016)

Moderator: Matt Auer, VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, Bates


Session D
Location: G21
● Joscar Matos, Imaginary Boundaries: The Effects of Structural Violence and Racial Prejudice on Quality and Access to Healthcare in the Dominican Republic (Public Health, Davidson, 2016)
● Daniel Morales, Between Two Nations: Organizing among Mexican Migrants in Los Angeles California 1930-1935 (History, Berkeley, 2016)
● Michael Schulze-Oechtering, Multiracial Solidarity as a Transformative Process: The United Construction Workers Association’s Vision of No Separate Peace. (Ethnic Studies, Berkeley, 2016)
● Kaylie Tram, Nurses as Mediators in the Madagascar Integrated Healthcare System (Anthropology, Davidson, 2016)

Moderator: Emily W. Kane, Professor of Sociology, Bates

10:30 – 10:45am Make Our Way to Collective Inquiry Sessions In Memorial Commons

10:45 – 11:45am Collective Inquiry: Transformative Self-Care
Memorial Commons

How do those of us continuously engaged in collective action, activism, and/or service maintain our emotional and mental health? What are the mental, emotional, and/or spiritual ramifications of continued engagement and how can we buoy ourselves and others? What is the role of active allyship and how can we personally and institutionally build capacity at our institutions to effectively broaden the work of ensuring the principles of full participation are shouldered by a broader set of institutional actors?

Moderators: Shirley Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO, Rutgers University-Newark, and Kathryn Low, Assoc. Dean of Faculty, Bates.

11:45 – 12:45pm The Transformative Power of Race in Our Communities: Reflections & Major Takeaways
Memorial Commons

12:45 – 1:00pm Closing Remarks
Memorial Commons

1:00 – 1:10pm Make Our Way to Lunch

1:10 – 2:00 Lunch
Balcony, New Commons